in preparation for the cat

Today, I shopped for the cat that hopefully I will be getting soon.

I must admit at the beginning I was hesitant: I first started picking litter and dry food and then got overwhelmed.

What if I buy the stuff and then not get the cat?

I took a moment, left everything on my cart, and left the store to collect myself. Treated myself with a coffee outside on the curb. It was lightly raining but I really needed that moment.

After all, this cat is my first long-term commitment.

Was I sure that I wanted to get and care for a cat?

Am I ready, financially and emotionally, to have a living being in my life, who is dependent on my care?

Is my home ready? Will my floors be scratched and will I find vomit and urine here and  there? Will these damage the floor (laminate) so that I will need to change my flooring every year?

Will the cat burn itself on the range?

Will it suffocate itself on the blind or while playing with the shopping bags? Do I have items around, small or sharp items, that the cat will swallow and hurt/suffocate himself with?

Will the cat eat my plants and will they poison it?

Was one of my tall, thin bookcases wobbly? Will it fall on the cat while he is trying to jump on it?

Will I lose my cat, even though I have no plans to let it go outdoors, at least for now?

Will there be a good vet somewhere closeby?

How will I trim his nails?

Will he like the food and the litter I choose for him? The scratch post? The transporter? The bed material? The toys?

Will we get along? Will he like me? How are we going to interact with each other?

Will he wake me up with a smile on my face? Like every morning?

I do not have answers to the majority of these questions. All I knew was that I wanted to get a cat, more than the need for a mouser, for the need of having something nice around.

I hope he will be a lovely cat 🙂

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